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Beyond the door of a nondescript University City brick building lies an unimaginable amount of color \u2013 a resplendence, some might say.

Sucheta Bhide rented out the massive 8,000-square-foot warehouse last fall to house her growing high-gloss lacquer and painting company, The Resplendent Crow, where she reimagines furniture in a glamorous, Hollywood Regency style.

It all started in 2013, when Bhide bought a little house in Maryland Heights and was looking for a high-gloss accent table. When she had little luck finding anything locally, she decided to research how to create the look herself. She was so pleased with the results that she did a few more pieces in her house, including a dresser.

\u201cAfter a while, I realized I only had so big of a house and decided to start selling [the furniture],\u201d she says.

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Bhide set about finding a name for her new venture, knowing she wanted a word that would describe the rich, colorful tones she was using to reimagine the pieces. Since she loves birds and used to enjoy painting them, her then-boyfriend suggested looking to feathered friends for inspiration. Bhide started researching colorful birds and stumbled across the resplendent quetzal, a Central American bird of stunning green and red.

\u201cI knew the word \u2018resplendent\u2019 was exactly what I was looking for,\u201d she says.

But she also wanted a not-so-serious, slightly oxymoronic feel to the name, so she tacked on the word \u201ccrow.\u201d

\u201cThere [are] times when I feel like even though my furniture is resplendent, I\u2019m here with my hair in a bun and covered in paint,\u201d she says. \u201cSo I\u2019m kind of like the crow.\u201d

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Kicking off her new venture, Bhide painted a set she had found on Craigslist and put it on Etsy. When someone from Wyoming purchased it, she realized it wasn\u2019t just local St. Louisans who were looking for this unique glam look \u2013 it was folks from all over the country. To accommodate her growing business, Bhide knew she had to expand out of her house.

\u201cI was doing it in my garage for a year or so, and it got so cramped,\u201d she says. \u201cThe house would smell like paint all the time.\u201d

Bhide started with a 1,000-square-foot warehouse on Olive Boulevard, thinking that space would be plenty.

\u201cI outgrew it in two months,\u201d she says. \u201cThis kind of business just needs a huge amount of storage space.\u201d

She continued to work out of the warehouse for two years until she found her current space on Maple Avenue. The two-story building houses all the pieces that are either finished or ready for customization on the second floor, while all of the work takes place on the main level.

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Although a large portion of her business consists of customers bringing in pieces to be painted, she also offers pieces that she\u2019s sought out from all over the country. When a customer has a dresser he or she wants customized, for example, The Resplendent Crow arranges for pickup. When the piece makes it to the warehouse, Bhide and her six team members take it apart, setting the hardware aside. They sand the piece down, scuffing the surface up enough to the point where it can easily be primed. After a few coats of primer, they fix any dings and imperfections with filler. From there, the piece receives three to five coats of lacquer. Gloss finishes are what The Resplendent Crow is known for, but Bhide and her team can also do satin and matte sheens on pieces. The process takes about three to four weeks, and the finished pieces sell for an average of approximately $1,500.

Bhide sends dressers, credenzas, chairs, desks, nightstands and more out all over the country. In a tour of her facility, she pointed out pieces that were going to California, Oklahoma, Maryland and New Jersey. One piece is even in the works to go to Hawaii.

Although she can match any color for paint, there\u2019s one in particular that\u2019s remained popular among her sold pieces.

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\u201cI never would\u2019ve guessed, but I sell hot pink furniture all day long,\u201d she says. \u201cI think people see the colors I\u2019ve used on social media, and they finally feel brave enough to make the jump.\u201d

Bhide\u2019s goal with The Resplendent Crow is to continue selling and customizing furniture, in the hopes of eventually opening a retail location. She believes it would be easier to show off the eclectic mix-and-match look people are going for in a shop-type location.

\u201cAs much as I like this space right now, it\u2019s still a warehouse setup, and it\u2019s hard for people to imagine the pieces in their own spaces,\u201d she says.

Since she began her business, Bhide has been met overwhelmingly with support from her customers and suggests those interested get to know her work better by following The Resplendent Crow\u2019s Instagram or Facebook page and also visit her Etsy shop.

\u201cPeople love that they can get their old pieces of furniture customized,\u201d she says. \u201cThey\u2019ve come to appreciate vintage and older pieces. They\u2019re thrilled with the transformations, especially if it\u2019s a piece that\u2019s theirs that they really love.\u201d

The Resplendent Crow, 6201 Maple Ave., University City, 314-255-3242, theresplendentcrow.com

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Practical and pretty, modern luxury bedding collections from leading makers pair soft natural fibers and neutral palettes with machine-washable, low-maintenance features. That\u2019s a winning combination in our book.

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Amity Home’s extensive bedding collection beguiles with tantalizing textures and handcrafted details, including knits, quilting, embroidery and ruffled edges. Machine-washable and low-maintenance, quilts, shams and duvets are made from 100 percent cotton, linen or other natural fibers. (amityhome.com)

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Peacock Alley’s Raffaella duvet cover and shams are made of 100 percent cotton sateen Italian fabric with a floral-and-lattice jacquard pattern in a soft, neutral gold, gray and white palette. Bedding is pre-washed to avoid shrinkage. (www.salliehome.com)

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Traditions Linens pairs pieces from the Shangri-La and Laura collections to build layers of interest. Shown are Shangri-La shams and plain-edge pillow, and Laura flanged shams, duvet and sheet set. Also shown are the Clare coverlet in the Earth hue and Sacha blanket in Sand. (traditionslinens.com)

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Lazy, hot summer days customarily hum with bees gently buzzing in the garden.

Swarming around my blue Agastache, they make me wonder why it\u2019s called hummingbird mint instead of bee-magnet plant. In reality, many pollinators like it \u2013 from tiny native bees to graceful, large swallowtail butterflies. (Hummingbirds themselves prefer glass feeders and red salvia.)

Before the Italian honeybee came to North America, native pollinators proved essential for seed set and fruit development. Even today, many of these pollination services come from indigenous bees, wasps, beetles and butterflies. If you have fruit trees or a vegetable garden, such insects help boost production tremendously. Even now, native insects have more impact on pollination than imported bees do.

Missouri boasts more than 400 species of native bees. Some are social, colony-dwellers, but most prefer the solitude of individual nests. (For insights into the subject, download the PDF Missouri Bee Identification Guide from the Saint Louis Zoo\u2019s website.) Unfortunately, the populations of all native species are facing serious, steep declines; habitat destruction, the impact of climate change on food sources, bloom timing and widespread agricultural insecticide use have all caused serious regional reductions.

Solitary bees make the best pollinators, so creating good habitats for them should encourage them to live in your garden. In the wild, they often nest in hollow twigs or dry grass stems. In your backyard, though, they can be accommodated with small bee houses or larger bee hotels. (For instructions on how to build your own or buy them pre-made, download the PDF Creating a Solitary Bee Hotel from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln\u2019s website.)

Bee housing should be replaced each year with fresh tubes to encourage more nesting. The average garden may have several sets of bee apartments, but don\u2019t place them near suet feeders, as long-billed woodpeckers also find them attractive food sources. Optimally, face the blocks east or south, to gain the warming morning sun and to protect them from storm winds. Mason bees also need a source of damp mud with which to close their tubes.

All bees use nectar and pollen as food sources for themselves and their larvae. Clover \u2013 often associated with bees \u2013 serves as a primary nectar source but behaves poorly in a cultivated landscape. Plan for as long a season of bloom as possible so food remains available for the widest window of time, and restrict the use of insecticides in your garden as much as possible. With just a few simple steps, you can help the environment and create your own pollinator paradise!

Bee-Magnet Garden Plants

Native Herbs, Shrubs and Trees for Bees

Beebalm, mountain mint, coneflowers, all milkweeds (but especially the green milkweed, Asclepias viridis), cliff goldenrod, asters, liatris, ironweed, joe-pye-weed, cup flower (Silphium), sassafras, ninebark, button bush (Cephalanthus), linden, tupelo and tulip poplar trees

Cultivated Herbs, Shrubs and Trees for Bees

Onion family members including Sicilian honey garlic (Nectaroscordum siculum bulgarium) and Chinese chives (Allium tuberosum), any Agastache (\u2018Blue Fortune\u2019 is my top performer), mints and other herbs like sage, rosemary, thyme and basil, catnip and catmint, salvias, squashes, melons, cucumbers, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, roses, all fruit trees, crabapples and wisteria

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Transformation is a word loaded with possibilities. It promises potential, growth and necessary change. The literal reinvention of one\u2019s space can be a natural extension of this desire to recognize and embrace personal transformation. And for Savvy Surrounding Style, an award-winning local design firm, redesigning its own showroom has made the transformation process even easier and more accessible for all who enter.

\u201cWe do both residential and commercial [projects],\u201d says principal and owner Diane Fogerty, whose team of designers boasts more than 30 years of experience in the industry. \u201cThe majority of our projects are now referrals, which is a testament to our work.\u201d

Savvy\u2019s new showroom houses artwork and rugs, plus accessories for one\u2019s mantle, bookcase or table. Clients will also find fabrics and floor coverings, decorative throw pillows and the occasional furniture piece, including chairs and side tables. The space has been carefully curated to introduce St. Louisans to new concepts in home d\u00e9cor. \u201cWe carry unique items, not found in the St. Louis marketplace,\u201d describes Fogerty. \u201cI travel all over to find different lines. Our clients are generally looking for a unique aesthetic, and we wanted to give it to them. So, that\u2019s what we did.\u201d

The revamp is evidence of Savvy\u2019s evolution from being a source for local home goods to solely focusing on commercial and residential design services. The showroom is only a taste of what Savvy has in store for clients, though. The real treat arrives once the design process begins.

\u201cEvery designer has a little bit of a different process,\u201d details Fogerty. \u201cWe have project managers assigned to every job. So, when you hire a designer, you get at least a two-person team. The entire company is client-based and results-driven [in its approach to each project].\u201d

Savvy proves distinctive in one other regard: its management of and respect for each client\u2019s budget. \u201cCreatives aren\u2019t always known as \u2018numbers people,\u2019 but we do a great job of adhering to a budget,\u201d assures Fogerty. \u201cOur office manager is an accountant by trade. We work with clients to manage their budgets and help them [to establish] reasonable allocations that will get them the [desired] end result.\u201d

The designers at Savvy really shine when pinpointing each client\u2019s unique style, based on their wide range of likes and dislikes. \u201cWe know which questions to ask and what to show a client,\u201d says Fogerty. \u201cDesigners look at both form and function. We look at how a space is used, its purpose, and then help focus a client on what they like, whether they know their aesthetic or not.\u201d

By guiding each client through the design process, Fogerty and her team of designers at Savvy can transform any space into its best version.

Savvy Surrounding Style, 9753 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314-432-7289, savvyladue.com

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A home is as unique as its inhabitants. However, it takes a skilled and talented designer to channel that uniqueness and turn it into a luxurious and flawless design. That\u2019s why Ladue News is proud to celebrate such works by bringing back the Ladue News Design Awards \u2013 remodeled to be better than ever.

Members of St. Louis’ thriving design community are encouraged to submit their best projects from the last year in the following categories: kitchen, dining, bathroom, bedroom, living space (which may involve living, family, great or hearth rooms) and outdoor living spaces designed with furniture and intended for outdoor living and entertainment. Interested participants may either email Megan Langford at mlangford@laduenews.com or submit a completed application, which can be found below. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 7.

Finalists will be featured in the Oct. 12 issue of LN and celebrated at a Oct. 25 event at Palladium Saint Louis.

2018 LN Design Awards application
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Home staging has many benefits, for buyers and sellers alike.

Buyers, more specifically, see what their potential home would feel like when they\u2019re living there, rather than trying to imagine themselves in a big, empty space. For sellers, meanwhile, staging can help sell a house at a faster pace and for a higher price; also, staging helps distract from any less-than-perfect aspects of a home.

\u201cIt\u2019s like having two cupcakes: the same cupcake, except one has icing and one doesn\u2019t,\u201d says Bridget Neichter, founder of WOW Factor Home Staging. \u201cPeople will pay more for the one with icing because it looks better, it\u2019s pleasing to look at, and it speaks to them in a satisfying way.\u201d

So how does staging work? To learn more about the importance of staging, what it involves and what aesthetics are enjoying a stylistic spotlight at the moment, Ladue News spoke with Neichter, Deanna Fasnacht (the owner and designer of Peek Interiors) and Melinda Christman and Anna Neal (the owners of Olive & Opal Interiors).

The experts agree that staging centers on helping the buyer imagine his or her life in the home. According to Christman, buyers shop logically but buy emotionally.

\u201cThey want to find a house that \u2018feels like home,\u2019\u201d Christman says. \u201cUnfortunately, most buyers are unable to visualize a room\u2019s potential without seeing a good example. Oftentimes, we find that homeowners have many distractions that prevent a potential buyer from seeing the home\u2019s beauty, whether that be a result of too little or too much furniture, the wrong furniture or clutter.\u201d

The same goes for homes that stand empty, according to Neichter. \u201cMore than 98 percent of buyers go online to look at homes,\u201d she says. \u201cHomes that are vacant and not staged appear lonely and dull. Staging adds beauty, interest, and attracts buyers to your home so your chances of selling are greater.\u201d

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Of course, this process varies a bit depending on whether the seller currently occupies the home. \u201cIf the seller still lives in the property \u2026 we generally start with a one- to two-hour consultation to evaluate the home and provide the homeowner with notes on all the areas in the home to address,\u201d Christman says. \u201cThe homeowner is left with a prioritized list, and we offer our help to complete the items if desired. In a vacant staging project, we typically assess the vacant property via phone or email to determine the size, style, condition and price point of the home. Following our initial assessment, we provide an estimate for timing and the costs to fully stage with furniture, art, textiles and accessories.\u201d

Then comes the fun part \u2013 design. Although someone\u2019s personal taste might seem great, subjectively, when it comes to selling a house, the best course involves thinking like (and listening to) a pro. \u201cSelecting furniture for staging a home has little to do with the existing owner\u2019s personal taste and more to do with what people are seeing in social media and in magazines,\u201d Fasnacht says.

Staging experts have a system to tackle groundwork quickly and efficiently. Picking the focal points in each room and determining if any first-impression spots need special attention form a key first step. Then the designers make a plan, and the actual staging can take place.

So what aspects of a home really need highlighting? Neichter cites the main rooms: the living room, office, family room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast room and, most important, master bedroom. \u201cThe master bedroom is important because those are the people writing the check for the house, so you want it to feel luxurious,\u201d Neichter says.

According to Fasnacht, staging should pay homage to the style and character of each home. \u201cWe tailor the furnishings as much as possible to each space,\u201d she says. \u201cWe like to mix furniture styles from vintage to modern and decorate with a mix of high to low in order to create a collected feel you might get when walking into an expertly designed home.\u201d

Neal agrees and recommends keeping classic furniture pieces with trendy accessories and art, along with a neutral paint color, to create a nice balance and transitional aesthetic. \u201cEven though it\u2019s not really exciting, going with a good neutral is a no-fail approach,\u201d Neal says. \u201cWe also prefer to use lighter colors, often leaning toward white or cream, depending on the room and the lighting. We want the home to feel light, bright and spacious.\u201d

In short, sellers needn\u2019t worry about pulling a home together to look smart on the market. Instead, they can leave that to experts \u2013 to take care of the \u201cicing.\u201d

Olive & Opal Interiors, 314-254-5086, oliveandopalinteriors.com

Peek Interiors, 314-616-9621, peekinteriors.com

WOW Factor Home Staging, 314-704-8545, wowfactorhomestagingllc.com

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Facing the Sulu Sea, the Philippines\u2019 Coron Island is home to a variety of unique ecological features. It\u2019s the third-largest island in the Calamian Islands of the country\u2019s Palawan province and is part of a larger municipality of the same name. Coron is a mountainous island and has become known for the Japanese shipwrecks that can be found in its waters from World War II. It\u2019s also the ancestral domain of the Tagbanua indigenous group, who are primarily fishermen. Adventurous tourists come from all over the world to explore these dive sites and snorkel in the calm, clear waters. These unbeatable views have led to Coron Island being listed in Forbes Traveler Magazine\u2019s top 10 best scuba diving sites in the world. Bring some inspiration from the Philippines into your own abode with these three pieces.


\"Chandelier

To create this beautiful chandelier, craftsmen start with genuine Philippine capiz in an uncommon, naturally occurring light color. The iridescent wafers are cut away from their shells by hand, placed into a smoker – the secret to their final, lustrous champagne-gold tone – then strung by hand in layers onto a frame hand-gilded in champagne tones. The craftsmen who work with the shells use techniques that have been taught in Philippine fishing villages for generations. $2,239.20, available from Ethan Allen (ethanallen.com)


\"Gingko

This Bohlend cabinet is a true work of art with many functions. The cabinet not only features an interior storage drawer with a felt liner, teak veneer surfaces and adjustable tempered glass shelves but also has an antiqued mirror back panel and an LED touch light with a three-way setting. Its eye-catching design of hand-cut gingko-leaf marquetry is made of mappa veneer and is perfectly contrasted by the solid teak construction and solid brass hardware. $10,990, available from Wilson Lighting (wilsonlighting.com)


\"Woven

The history of weaving in the Philippines is long and deeply rooted. Since ancient times, abundant native plants in the highlands and the low marshes have provided a wealth of fibers to the skilled local craftsmen and craftswomen who knew how to extract them from the leaves, stems and roots. Today’s artisans use such age-old techniques to create this rugged and refined stool of lampakanay and abaca. Each one is woven by hand. $423, available from Ethan Allen (ethanallen.com)

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The very definition of timelessness, these adaptations of classics pay homage to the Georgian and Regency eras, which were revered for a light, elegant touch.


\"Alden

Alden Parkes’ Galaxy desk is a spring 2018 introduction and part of a collection bearing the same name. It’s distinguished by an elegantly spare crisscross base that is a signature of the collection. (designanddetailstl.com)


\"Jonathan

Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture’s Bridgmere cabinet is an adaptation of a charming piece from the Georgian period. Part of the William Yeoward collection, the charcoal oak exterior perfectly frames the polka-dot painted interior. Lit from within, the cabinet displays glassware, porcelain and other fine objects to great effect. (brodylamp.com)


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Aidan Gray Home’s Pommard chandelier with gold leaf accents is named for a village along France’s Route des Grands Crus. The fixture diffuses light through strands of wooden beads with a distressed antique white finish. (rustedchandelier.com)

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Maria Elias has aided families in the moving process for more than 20 years, earning her a designation as a relocation and listing-and-marketing specialist, with a focus on Clayton and Ladue. Her expertise and community knowledge are evident through rave reviews from clients. \u201cMaria was a godsend!\u201d one says. \u201cShe was thoroughly organized [and] understood just what we wanted, preselecting 10 houses [that] met our criteria exactly.\u201d

Another shares similar sentiments: \u201cAfter living [in this wonderful home for] a month, we are still in awe. Maria\u2019s knowledge of the market, ability to bring people together to [complete] the deal and professionalism was a testament to me [of her skill].\u201d

Born and raised in St. Louis, the Clayton resident attained her vast knowledge of the area\u2019s communities, local school districts (both private and public) and the housing market from personal experience. Her children went to Ladue elementary schools. Her son, Philip, attended St. Louis University High School and is now an attorney, who lives in Chicago with his wife, Brody, and their baby daughter, Welles. Elias\u2019 daughter, Laura, attended Clayton High School and is now a family therapist, who lives in Denver with her husband, Dustin, and their two children, Cris and Jane.

As a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Club, Elias ranks in the top one percent of St. Louis REALTORS and is an Outstanding Service Award recipient, as well as a member of the St. Louis Association of REALTORS. Prior to her real estate career, she established Town & Country Stables, one of St. Louis\u2019 finest boarding-and-riding academies. Elias and her family then moved to a suburb of Chicago, where she managed the Ragdale Foundation, an arts institution. Now back in the city she knows and loves, Elias is thrilled to introduce families to their own ideal St. Louis home.

Contact Maria Elias at 314-971-4346 or visit homeswithmaria.com.

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Featured Listing: 54 Mason Ave.

This 4-bedroom and 2.5-bathroom home in Webster Groves is listed for $950,000.

Residing in historic Webster Park, this updated home, with a two-story addition, charms with a stately fa\u00e7ade and elegant interiors. Tall ceiling heights, beautiful wood flooring and wonderful amenities make this place perfect for entertaining and for the modern family. The residence boasts a chef\u2019s kitchen, patio, saltwater pool and more.

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This swanky Clayton townhome will have you feeling a world away, with lush surrounds, stylish architecture and an appealing open floor plan. Views of the downtown Clayton skyline dazzle you from your own private fourth-story deck. Host outdoor dinners in the adjacent yard, surrounded by beautiful brick and greenery. Entertaining proves effortless indoors, as well, with a contemporary spread that includes serene living and dining spaces, plus a balcony. Discover a second fireplace in the family room to keep you and yours cozy when temperatures begin to drop. The kitchen offers an eat-in space and a butler\u2019s pantry, while the elevator delivers you to the recreation area, with a handsome bar, as well as the master suite and additional bedrooms. You can enjoy the luxe amenities of a sauna and steam shower inside the master bath, plus walkout access to the pool. As a bonus, this desirable neighborhood provides walkability to the urban scene.

This 4-bedroom, 4 full-bathroom and 1 half-bathroom home in Clayton is listed for $1.925 million.

Jill Azar, 314-616-8836 (direct), 314-725-5100 (office), lauramccarthy.com

Laura McCarthy is a residential real estate company with expertise in the neighborhoods along St. Louis\u2019 central corridor. Founded in 1944, Laura McCarthy is consistently ranked among St. Louis\u2019 top real estate companies in sales volume. Many of its 100-plus agents specialize in the luxury real estate market, but all are familiar with St. Louis\u2019 neighborhoods, from the Central West End to those on the Highway 64/40 corridor to Chesterfield and the St. Charles area.

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Marrying beauty and function is paramount in every design project by Loft & Burrow.

The home and business interior design company was launched last summer by fellow St. Louis artisans Erica Karleskint and Juliette Nahrgang. \u201cBeauty in nature, in people and in their lifestyle inspires our design,\u201d Karleskint says. \u201cWe are passionate about joining that beauty with functionality and giving clients a space that makes them more successful.\u201d

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The creative pair met in 2015 while helping redesign and relaunch local nonprofit resale shop Revive Thrift + Boutique. The duo instantly clicked over their design backgrounds \u2013 Nahrgang\u2019s fine arts education and Karleskint\u2019s experience in custom furniture designing at her and her husband Robert\u2019s local furniture business, Anew Nature. \u201c[Nahrgang and I] knew from then on, we had to continue working together,\u201d Karleskint says.

So, after working for a designer in Webster Groves, Karleskint and Nahrgang decided to co-found their own design firm, Loft & Burrow. The year-old company centers on the pair\u2019s passion for finding creative solutions to design spaces that reflect clients\u2019 needs and wants in a way that\u2019s both functional and beautiful. \u201cWe love modern Scandinavian style, but we have a pretty broad design point of view,\u201d Karleskint says. \u201cWe even named our business with this in mind, from the ultramodern loft to the cozy bohemian burrow.\u201d

Loft & Burrow can create unique spaces for every room of your home or business. The firm\u2019s design process begins with a \u201cgetting to know you\u201d consultation with the client. \u201cWe like to meet in the space to be designed and chat with you about how you would like the space to feel when you walk in [and] how you would like it to function,\u201d Karleskint says. \u201c[We ask clients:] \u2018What does life look like in this space?\u2019\u201d

Karleskint and Nahrgang then craft inspiration boards, floor plans and furniture specifications. \u201cThe client is involved in the process as much or as little as [he or she] would like \u2013 everyone is different,\u201d Karleskint says.

Loft & Burrow aims to source much of its furniture and accessories from local artisans and antique stores, including Future Ancestor, South Jefferson Mid Century Modern, The Green Shag Market and Plowsharing Crafts. \u201c[St. Louis] is full of amazing artists and makers,\u201d Karleskint says. \u201cWe also love our local flower and plant farms like Bowood Farms and Flowers & Weeds.\u201d And the firm\u2019s custom-made furniture and unique fixtures come from the Karleskints\u2019 company, Anew Nature.

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Among recent residential projects Loft & Burrow designed was a bedroom for two young sisters who desired more fun and functionality in their shared room. \u201cWe were able to give the clients a better room layout to fit their beds and dressers that worked for the girls to also have play space in the room,\u201d Karleskint says, adding that the adorable, modern space was accented with lots of colorful, ruffled accents.

Recent commercial projects have included creating a fun, colorful yet calming space for local children\u2019s therapy center Come Play, STL. Karleskint says the project was such a success that Loft & Burrow is again collaborating with the company to bring an even larger, dreamier space to life as the center expands.

In addition to full redesign projects for residential and commercial clients, Loft & Burrow offers one-time design consultations and staging services. \u201cWe partner with real estate agents to come in to help their clients [stage] their homes to get ready to sell,\u201d Karleskint says.

The firm also offers event and retail styling for everything from bridal showers to cocktail parties and pop-up shops. \u201cIt\u2019s how we got our start, and working with a client on something so special to them is so fun,\u201d Karleskint says.

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And for out-of-town clients or those looking for a more affordable option, Loft & Burrow offers e-design packages. \u201c[Clients] begin by sending us photos, room sizing and budget, and we will then create a custom design of the room,\u201d Karleskint says. \u201cThey will receive, via email, inspiration boards, a specific product shopping list, color palette and a to-scale floor plan to show furniture layout and spacing. This way, clients have more control [and] can shop for the items as needed and afforded on their own schedule.\u201d

Loft & Burrow also provides similar e-design services, as well as full design services, to Airbnb clients. \u201cWe have done so many Airbnbs \u2026,\u201d Karleskint says. \u201cWe have a good idea on what types of things to include to make the space most appealing to consumers so the B&B hosts have the best chance of [booking] their space.\u201d

Whatever space they are designing, the team behind Loft & Burrow strives to create every client\u2019s dream outcome, Karleskint says. \u201cWe want to make sure the space ends up looking and feeling better than they ever could have imagined.\u201d

Loft & Burrow, 314-660-3092, loftandburrow.com

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Succumb to a decorating flight of fancy with a chest, mirror and serving tray inspired by the wings of angels.

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The words elegant and timeless don\u2019t typically come to mind when one refers to the bathroom. However, with it being one of the most-used rooms in an abode, the time has come to rethink the way we design such a space.

Recently, a local homeowner wanted assistance with exactly that \u2013 a timeless, elegant master bathroom that reflected her specific taste, with a touch of glam. Although the redesign didn\u2019t involve moving major items, such as the tub or the vanity, the space did receive a fresh and opulent update.

That update included not only adding new plumbing fixtures but also revamping the shower and floor tile and installing a new stone tub surround \u2013 all in a unified porcelain tile that beautifully tied the room together. This ritzy scene received a dose of visual interest with the tile work on the floor, which was purposefully installed diagonally to contrast the straight-laid wall tile.

The remodel tied the vanity top with the stunning porcelain tile throughout, in addition to adding the lighting, mirrors and a fresh coat of paint \u2013 a neutral shade smartly pulled from a hue within the porcelain. The chandelier alone, perfectly placed for easy visibility from almost any angle, was intended to make any visitor feel like a queen. Plus, stately sconces now flanking the marvelously detailed mirrors added the lighting necessary for preparing for the day. The dressing area was intended to give the lady of the house a bonus luxury space, with a comfortable spread where she can pamper herself. And the addition of a TV will allow her to catch up on the day\u2019s events as she uses the room.

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Working in the master bathroom involved a bonus: the opportunity to perform some kitchen updates, including new cabinetry and tile backsplash. The homeowner\u2019s existing granite countertops were retained in the new space, allowing for an efficient and exquisite transformation.

Jake Spurgeon works as a designer with St. Louis remodeling and design firm Mosby Building Arts. A certified Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer with the National Kitchen & Bath Association, Spurgeon serves as treasurer for that organization\u2019s Missouri/southern Illinois chapter.

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Residing along a peaceful cul-de-sac on two private acres, this exceptional home offers comfort and quality living. From the moment you open your eyes inside the expansive master suite, featuring two walk-in closets, a sitting area and a luxury bath, you will feel as if you have arrived. Contemporary elegance meets you at every turn, from the handsome paneled library to the beautiful dining room, which provides access to the patio and outdoor fireplace. Residents and guests alike will appreciate the additional bedrooms, with private baths, and the fully finished walkout lower level, where entertainments galore can be found, from the exercise and family rooms to the walk-behind wet bar and media room. Whether you choose to unwind beside the floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace or enhance your culinary skills inside the gourmet chef\u2019s kitchen, with two ovens, a warming drawer and top-of-the-line appliances, this abode will have you feeling right at home.

This 6 bedroom, 6 full-bathroom and 2 half-bathroom home in Wildwood is listed for $1.599 million.

The Kristi & JT Monschein Team, 17050 Baxter Road, Suite 200, 636-537-8288, themonscheinteam.com

For more than 35 years, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate (formerly Prudential Alliance, Realtors) has served the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. The company operates seven branch locations with more than 400 agents in four major counties, making it one of the largest residential real estate brokerages in the area. Berkshire Hathaway offers one-stop shopping services, including corporate relocation, new-homes marketing, commercial sales, and mortgage, title and warranty products.

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A lot can change in three decades.

In 1984, NewSpace began serving the St. Louis community with one mission: bring order and ease into customers\u2019 everyday lives through home organization. That mission quickly evolved into providing furniture design and space planning services for business. Now, nearly 35 years later, new partners Jay Kamps \u2013 a former Nestl\u00e9 Purina marketing executive \u2013 and longtime NewSpace president Monte Bordeaux eye a rapid expansion in the coming years, all with the central focus remaining on the customer.

\u201cWe are the premier home-organization company in the St. Louis area,\u201d Kamps says. \u201cOn the commercial side, we have had a full-service business interior division since 1994.\u201d

NewSpace has picked up several specialties since the \u201980s. Its three divisions are composed of residential home organization, commercial business interiors and custom woodworking, which can manufacture everything from home entertainment centers to garages to pantries. Each division has dedicated employees, many with more than 15 years of experience.

As one would expect, the business looks a little different today than it did in \u201984. The advent of the smartphone (and other mobile technology solutions) was merely a twinkle in Steve Jobs\u2019 eye when NewSpace designers were hand-drawing closet-system plans for customers. Now, technology such as digital renderings means less waste in the workshop and more instant feedback from consumers, who have become more informed about the organization than ever.

\u201cWhen we first started out, people didn\u2019t really have closet systems of any kind, so educating became our key goal,\u201d Bordeaux says with a chuckle. \u201cThe consumer today knows what a well-organized home is, which means that our product lines have expanded to help them reach the vision that they have in their heads.\u201d

Trends come and go \u2013 and NewSpace certainly keeps up with each, as both Kamps and Bordeaux easily rattle off different varieties of finishes and fixtures \u2013 but customization has become the key tool in NewSpace\u2019s arsenal. Kamps points out that the company\u2019s clients now come equipped with inspiration thanks to seemingly endless design websites and trendy television shows \u2013 dream team Chip and Joanna Gaines from HGTV\u2019s Fixer Upper and hunky Jonathan and Drew Scott from the same Knoxville, Tennessee, broadcaster\u2019s Property Brothers immediately spring to mind.

\u201cTwenty, 30 years ago, people wouldn\u2019t have imagined putting cabinets or storage in the garage,\u201d Kamps says. \u201cNow, it\u2019s totally different. We can be problem-solvers with so many different options available to people \u2026 We don\u2019t like to say no.\u201d

On the commercial side, small companies are tearing down walls both literally and figuratively in favor of open workspaces.

\u201cEverything is low-profile, a more collaborative environment, and that really impacts what we do in terms of type of furniture, installs, walls, as well as partitions,\u201d Kamps says, noting that managers and their employees might find themselves working side by side in these new layouts. \u201cIt\u2019s been a big part of growing the business.\u201d

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That said, the foundation of NewSpace\u2019s mission always comes back to interiors, cabinetry and organization, even with Kamps\u2019 and Bordeaux\u2019s renewed focus on evolving the company.

Expansion isn\u2019t always easy, especially taking a nearly 35-year-old company and doubling its business within five years. But NewSpace looks to leverage its existing relationships with architects, contractors and other professionals in the homebuilding industry to create greater awareness through word-of-mouth and boots-on-the-ground tactics in both the commercial and residential communities.

These relationships, which have developed over the course of decades in the business, position NewSpace as a trusted go-between for the two audiences. While architects and builders stick to prearranged designs and layouts, the company\u2019s nimble, tailored approach allows it to create organization plans for each client, every single time.

\u201cIt\u2019s almost like we\u2019re partners with both the homebuilder and the homeowner,\u201d Bordeaux says. \u201cThe idea is that we\u2019re an enhancement for the builder, not an adversary.\u201d

As with many service industries, however, everything seems to return to reputation.

\u201cRepeats and referrals really are the lifeblood of our business,\u201d Kamps says. \u201cWhat made me want to join the team was NewSpace\u2019s solid reputation. We\u2019re from St. Louis, so being well-received in the community is not only about our company\u2019s reputation, it\u2019s [also] about our own.\u201d

NewSpace, 1960 Innerbelt Business Center Drive, St. Louis, 314-423-3200, newspace.com

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